Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Give us your take on the laptop-camera case.
In the days after Paige Robbins filed suit against Lower Merion School District, alleging a school laptop camera had photographed her without her knowledge, Patch polled readers, asking if the suit was a fair one. More than 500 responses to the unscientific poll came in, with 90 percent voting “no.” Now that Robbins has dropped the case, Patch has two more questions to ask readers: are you surprised, and did she make the right decision? Vote below, and explain your votes in the comments.
The Robbins family feuded with their lawyer and said they plan no further action against the district.
Former Lower Merion School District student Paige Robbins on Wednesday morning withdrew her lawsuit that alleged a district laptop’s camera took photos of her undressed without her knowledge. Robbins and her parents said after a hearing at U.S. District Court in Philadelphia they plan no further legal action against the district. Their son, Blake, won a $175,000 settlement in 2010 after he was photographed by his school laptop at home. “I just wanted to make sure there were no (laptop) pictures of me that would ever be seen again,” Paige Robbins, 19, said. “This is the end of it,” said Holly Robbins, her mother. “We were never doing this for the money. We wanted to find out if there were any pictures still being held by the school district…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Joshua Levin's attorney says his client stands to get more than $10,000. The school board has not voted yet.
The Lower Merion School District has agreed to settle out of court former student Joshua Levin's complaint about being photographed by his school-issued laptop's camera without his knowledge. U.S. District Court Judge Jan E. Dubois in Philadelphia announced in a court filing Dec. 22 that the parties had settled and that the case was "dismissed with prejudice, by agreement of counsel, without costs". The full document is attached to this article. District spokesman Doug Young told Patch the district has agreed to pay Levin $10,000, pending the approval of the Board of School Directors. "From the beginning, this complaint was driven purely by monetary interests," Young said in an emailed statement. "The plaintiff’s computer was one of five …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Mary Elizabeth Bogan filed the request Tuesday, citing "irreconcilable conflict(s) with the client."
The attorney for Paige Robbins—the former student accusing Lower Merion School District of spying on her via laptop camera, an argument her brother used to win a six-figure settlement—asked a judge Tuesday for permission to leave the case, according to a U.S. District Court filing. In her Motion for Permission to Withdraw as Counsel (attached to this article as a PDF file) Philadelphia attorney Mary Elizabeth Bogan states, "It has become clear, during the representation of Plaintiff, that counsel has irreconcilable conflict(s) with the client which, in turn, has resulted in the filing of the immediate Motion." It was unclear whether U.S. District Court Judge John R. Padova granted Bogan's motion. A call Tuesday night to a listed phone …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Paige Robbins is now a plaintiff.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The sister of Blake Robbins, a Harriton High School student and Penn Valley resident who got a $175,000 settlement from Lower Merion School District after his school laptop took pictures of him without his knowledge, is also suing the district, saying compromising pictures were taken of her as well. Paige Robbins' complaint was filed in federal court in Philadelphia Wednesday and is attached to this article. Keep checking Patch for developments in this story.